Something Old, Something New

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Focus on Heritage: Sandy Hill
Friday, 8 June and Saturday, 9 June 2012
10 am to 2 pm

IODE Laurentian Chapter invites you to discover the character, the style and the stories of one of Ottawa’s oldest and most interesting neighbourhoods. Open houses – 9 of them – include the fabulous renovation of a stylish 1920s house, two lofty apartments in the magnificent Wallis House (the old Protestant Hospital), the Polish Residence, a fabulous Victorian terrace and – something for every taste – a bit of classy modern infill.

And there’s more! History buffs will enjoy being invited into Besserer House, one of the oldest buildings in Ottawa and home of the original land-owner in Sandy Hill & with special guests, the descendants of Louis-Théodore Besserer on hand you show you photographs and memorabilia of the family. The former home of Senator Cairine Wilson (first female senator) takes us back to the famous Persons Case in 1929. Verdier House offers an unusual collection of old armour and historical oddities. Experts will be on hand, along with Laurentian Chapter hostesses, to tell you about the houses, the neighbourhood and their story. Senator Langdon Pearson, heritage renovator Sandy Smallwood and Michel Prévost, Archivist of the University of Ottawa will be there during the tour to answer questions and chat with visitors about everything from the significance of the Persons Case to the francophone presence in Sandy Hill.

Bonus features! 

  • At All Saints Church, Julian Armour and the Chambers Players will play daily.
  • At St. Alban’s, heritage expert David Jeanes presents an illustrated talk on architect James Mather (Saturday only).
  • Special lunch offer at the Cordon Bleu, former home of the Mather family, and free tours (Saturday only).
  • Refreshments, audio-visual presentation and backstage tours at Ottawa Little Theatre, founded in 1913.
  • Free tours of Laurier House and a special offer of scone tea on the verandah.
  • Self-guided walking tours.

Income from the tour will go mainly to Nelson House to support the ending of violence against women. Other educational projects, both locally and in Ontario’s North, will also be supported.

Tickets: $30. Call 613-842-5304. Website: